Everyone will most likely be seeing extended family members within the next couple of days and there is bound to be one of those inevitable uncomfortable moments when you find yourself suddenly put on the spot. Have no fear Sugar reader! I've compiled a list of fun food facts for you to keep as your secret weapon and bust out in just such moments. For example, did you know the most popular pizza topping in Japan is squid? Here in America it's, yep you guessed it, pepperoni. For more of my fun food facts,
- Wisconsin is the state that produces the majority of cranberries, growing more than 300 million pounds per year. That's as much as 25,000 elephants weigh!
- 6 out of every 10 apples consumed in the US were grown in Washington state.
- It takes 12 bees to make one tablespoon of honey.
- The average person eats nearly 254 eggs per year.
- Carrots were not always orange. Five thousand years ago carrots were white, purple, red, yellow, green, and black. In the 1700's the Dutch bred the variety we commonly find in supermarket's today.
- Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
- The name onion is derived from the Latin term for large pearl.
- The first breakfast cereal ever produced was shredded wheat.
- Ice cream originates from China. When Marco Polo returned to Italy after exploring China in 1295, he took with him a recipe for a Chinese dessert, entitled Milk Ice. The Italians substituted cream for the milk and ice cream was born.
- Bakers used to be fined if their loaves of bread were under a certain weight, so they would add an extra loaf to every dozen to ensure that their breads were not under weight-hence the term, baker's dozen.
- Fish has traditionally been paired with slices of lemon since the Middle Ages. Back then people believed the fruit's acidic juices would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed.
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